Onursal Erol Receives the 2022 APSA Award for Teaching Innovation

The APSA Award for Teaching Innovation honors a wide range of new directions in teaching by recognizing a political scientist who has developed an effective new approach to teaching in the discipline. 

Onursal Erol is a Postdoctoral Scholar–Teaching Fellow in the Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Dr. Erol has been recognized for his innovative, technologically-advanced, and research-intensive pedagogy by multiple awards from the American Political Science Association and the Sydney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. He is also a recent recipient of the Spring Centennial Research Grant and the Wolfsonian Institute Research Fellowship.

 Citation from the Award Committee: 

The committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Onursal Erol is the recipient of the 2022 CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation.  Dr. Erol has designed an undergraduate course, “Environment and Politics in the Middle East,” that takes advantage of the unique strengths of the digital environment.  The course focuses on the creation of a collectively authored e-book consisting of three parts, each designed to achieve an interrelated, but distinct teaching goal: experience with archival research, engagement with comparative political issues, and the translation of complicated ideas into something digestible for the general public.

APSA thanks the committee members for their service: Dr. Peter Lindsay (chair) of Georgia State University, Dr. Donald M. Gooch of Stephen F. Austin State University, and Dr. Stephanie A Hallock of Harford Community College.

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